Neighbourhood of the Future

Green Blue Cities

Dutch cities have to deal with two problems. Climate change has become a visible problem in the urban environment of the Netherlands. Cities cope with heavy rainfall in short periods of time and heat stress occurs more often, even leading to more casualties. At the same time, large parts of existing neighbourhoods are falling into decay. Residents with high income move out, leaving the disadvantaged behind. The social structure of the neighbourhood becomes fragile. Both problems should be solved.

Image by Erik Fecken, In: Waterplan 2 (2007-2012), Gemeente Rotterdam
Used with permission of the Municipality of Rotterdam.

: English

Participating institutions: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in cooperation with Wageningen UR and AMS institute

Maximum participants: 40

Education methods: Research and design studios, seminars, lectures, workshops, excursions, study groups

The task of the urban planner is to introduce and design sustainable urban interventions, creating future proof neighbourhoods within the framework of a green blue city. This minor is divided in two quarters. Both quarters consist of a studio project and two courses. The first quarter an urban strategy is the main subject; in the second quarter a future proof design for a neighbourhood or a toolbox is the main subject.

For whom?

  • The minor is intended for students from architecture, urban planning, regional planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, technology policy and management, social sciences, and other studies related to the topic of climate change.
  • You must have affection for design as may be expected from your respective expertise and bachelor programme. Furthermore, you have an interest in social and sustainable aspects and you are academically curious.
  • This minor has an interdisciplinary character and thus will assemble students in groups to create a balanced variety of faculty backgrounds.
  • For students from outside Delft University of Technology, Leiden University or Erasmus University a separate selection procedure applies. After applying as described on the minor website you will receive an email within three weeks in which you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire. After receiving your questionnaire, you will be informed whether you will be officially enrolled or not.

This minor consists of 2 quarters (both of 15 ECs); each with separate content. For students of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft it is possible to follow either just quarter 1 or just quarter 2, or to follow both quarter 1 and 2. For all other students who are admissible to this minor, it is only possible to follow either quarter 1, or both quarter 1 and 2.

Please be aware that each quarter has a separate minor code. If you would like to follow both quarter 1 and 2, you should register for both minor codes in Osiris.

Minor code: BK-MI-205-18

What will you learn?

In the first quarter you will learn:

  • to recognize inner-city problems caused by climate change and social aspects;
  • to describe spatial interventions which contribute to a future proof neighbourhood;
  • to collaborate with students from other disciplines in order to improve own research, design and writing skills and help improve these skills of others.

Course overview

The programme consists of three courses of a total of 15 ECs.

  • Urban Analysis and Design (BK7210): 3 ECs
  • Future Proof Spatial Transformation Strategy (BK7264): 9 ECs
  • Transformation Strategies for Deprived Districts (BK7252): 3 ECs

For course descriptions, please visit the study guide

Minor code: BK-MI-206-18

What will you learn?

In the second quarter you will learn:

  • to develop, integrate and evaluate spatial interventions for a future proof urban plan;
  • to argue comprehensively for choices made in the design process, considering spatial, social and procedural circumstances;
  • to give relevant feedback on content and presentation to peers and accept and react on received feedback.

Course overview

The programme consists of three courses of a total of 15 ECs.

  • Sustainable Urbanism (BK7250): 3 ECs
  • Future Proof Urban Project (BK7263): 9 ECs
  • Urban Design Evaluation (BK7265): 3 ECs

For course descriptions, please visit the study guide.


Ir. Mariëtte Overschie


Dr. Lei Qu

Students about this minor:

“I’ve enjoyed creating design solutions for an assignment that is actual daily practice!”

“Working on an urgent topic as climate change, creating a resilient plan for Rotterdam while using tools of urban planners, is what inspired me.”

“The interaction between students with different backgrounds created additional value to the project.”

“I've learned to search for possibilities!”